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August 20, 2007

AmeriCorps Seeks Applicants for Programs throughout Oswego County

This past May, AmeriCorps marked a historic milestone - the 500,000th AmeriCorps member took the pledge to “get things done for America.” AmeriCorps is a national service network known as the domestic Peace Corps.

“For the past ten years, AmeriCorps members have fulfilled their program mission by serving youth and families in Oswego County,” said Kathleen Andolina, AmeriCorps program coordinator for the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau. “They mentor youth, provide out-of-school activities, and manage volunteers.”

The new program year for Oswego AmeriCorps begins Sept. 1. Applications are now being accepted for 900-hour positions. Sites include Altmar Elementary School; Amigo Mentoring Project, Catholic Charities; Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention and Services, BOCES; APW High School; Fulton CYO; Fairgrieve Elementary School, Fulton; H. Lee White Marine Museum, Oswego; Lanigan Elementary School, Fulton; Mexico Elementary School; North Shore Library, Constantia; Palermo Elementary School; Parish Elementary School; Success-By-6; and Williamstown Elementary School.

In return for a 900-hour term of service, members receive a living allowance of $6,094. At the completion of their term of service, members receive an education award of $2,363 that can be used for tuition or student loans.

“Members are representing AmeriCorps at its best by making a lasting difference in their communities,” said Andolina.

AmeriCorps members must be at least 17 years old and have a high school diploma or GED. Sites may request further education or experience. For applications or information, call Andolina at 349-3451 or 1-800-596-3200, ext. 3451. The member application may be downloaded from the county Web site at www.oswegocounty.com/youth/americorps.html.

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